The inaugural Sound on Sound Fest takes over Sherwood Forest Faire November 4-6 with big-name acts like Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, and Phantogram. To help you navigate this brand-new festival — from the founder of Fun Fun Fun — we've created a quick and dirty guide that covers everything from transportation to entertainment.
You can swing by the Volcom Garden at 1209 E. Sixth St. to pick up your pass before the festival starts — the skate brand is hosting interactive events on November 1 and 2. There will also be a wristband pickup station Friday through Sunday at The Mohawk, which doubles as a shuttle stop (more on that below).
Kicking off the weekend
As is to be expected with someone like Graham Williams at the helm, there will be a string of late-night shows on November 3 to properly kick off the fest. The Late Knights lineup, which features top acts at venues around the Red River area, is free to all badgeholders.
Getting there (and back)
The festival's location, a 23-acre Renaissance-themed village about 40 miles from Austin, requires a bit of a trek — expect the drive to take about an hour. There will be plenty of parking; passes cost $15 per day or $30 for the weekend.
SOS Fest also offers an easy-to-use shuttle service. For $5 per day or $10 for the weekend, you can be ferried between The Mohawk and Sherwood Forest. Shuttles will run every 30 minutes from noon to 1:30 am, Friday through Sunday.
Sherwood Forest is fully equipped for onsite camping, with amenities such as private showers, bathrooms, and space to park next to your campsite. And camping at SOS Fest includes some serious perks. There is a general store, a beer store, and a 24-hour dining hall catered by Frank. Plus, there will be camper-exclusive entertainment, including nightly comedy sets, film screenings, music performances, and an outdoor dance club.
For $75, you can snag a camping pass and stay at the fest. Bring your own gear: tent, sleeping bag or air mattress, flashlight, etc. If you prefer more glamor and less hassle, tents with cots are available to rent. Options include two twins ($550), four twins ($700), and one queen ($810). RV camping passes are available for $195-$755.
Camping check-in starts at 8 am Friday, and you must check out by Monday at noon.
Eating and drinking
There will be a wide variety of food trucks and vendors at Sherwood Forest, everything from vegan eats (Arlo's, Vegan Yacht) to international cuisine (Cazamance, India Gourmet) to comfort favorites (Burro Cheese Kitchen, Micklethwait Craft Meats).
And to drink? Be on the lookout for offerings from Austin Eastciders, Dark Horse Wine, Karbach Brewing Company, Big Bend Brewing Co., Wunder-Pilz Kombucha, High Brew Coffee, Evergreen Chai, and Juiceland.
Catching your favorite acts
SOS Fest's many artists will be spread out across four stages: Dragon's Lair, Forest Stage, The Keep, and Globe Stage. Check out this map of the grounds to get oriented. A daily schedule with set times has been released, and there is a nifty SOS Fest app for iPhone and Android smartphone users.
Single-day passes ($85) and three-day wristbands ($169) are still on sale. If you want to upgrade your experience, there are VIP (aka Treat Thyself) passes available for $445. The splurge is worth it if you like priority lines and shuttle seating, private bathrooms, close-up views, a special lounge area, and other "extra special surprises."